Statewide Board of Fish

Statewide Board of Fish began today in Anchorage. They began the Bristol Bay portion. You can stream it live by going to the website below and clicking the play symbol below the title ‘Live Audio’:

http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fisheriesboard.main

Governor Walker reappointed Orville Huntington to the Board of Fish yesterday.

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Funding to Dredge the South Harbor Entrance

The Borough has been hard at work trying to get additional funding to dredge the South Harbor entrance. When the North Harbor was dredged it was funded under the Section 107 Corp Program. The Borough is applying for this same funding for the South Harbor this time. Congressman Young and Senator Sullivan sent letters recommending funding for this project.

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SITKA SOUND HERRING FISHERY ANNOUNCEMENT

Sitka. . . .The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Sitka Sound sac roe herring fishery will be on 2-hour notice effective 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2015. This means that a fishery could be expected with a minimum of two hours notice after the effective time. Today, a test sample was taken from a large body of herring west of Black Rock. The results of that sample were as follows: Mature roe - 7.3%, immature roe - 3.4%, average weight - 147 grams. Though immaturity in the sample was high, the separation of less mature herring from the mature schools as well as the maturation of herring over the next several days could result in a rapid progression of mature roe content. The department is placing the fishery on 2-hour notice to ensure that the department Read more...
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H-2B Visa Program on Hold

Alaska may have less foreign workers this summer. The federal visa program commonly used by processors to hire summer workers is on hold until a court case is settled. In the past Senator Stevens worked to exempt the limit on the number of workers coming into the country for the fishing industry. The federal judge from Florida is seeking to eliminate this. Senator Murkowski and 13 other senators signed a letter asking the visa program H-2B to restart processing visas. Here is the full story:

https://www.adn.com/article/20150313/alaska-may-see-fewer-seasonal-foreign-workers-summer

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Governor Walker’s Nominations for NP Council

On Friday March 13, Governor Walker announced his nominations for the two NP Council Alaska seats that are up. Here they are:

Seat 1- Small Boat Commercial Representative
Dan Hull* preferred candidate
Buck Laukitis
Paul Gronholdt

Seat 2- Recreational Fisher Representative
Andy Mezirow* preferred candidate
Richard Yamada
Arthur Nelson

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